One of our readers, Cyril Jarnot, recently suggested we look into the new iPhone application launched in December 2010, on the virtual water or water footprint concept, an issue we discussed recently on this blog.
"Water Aflamed" is an application enabling you to measure the impact of your activities on water consumption. The first English-language version of the application is based on data primarily output by the Water Footprint Network directed by Professor Hoekstra. It includes scientific data from 12 countries and three sectors: agriculture, industry, and domestic consumption.
Users enter their weekly consumption then display a graph and/or the details of their water footprint per sector or item (clothing, cereals, fruit, etc.). Each item has a fact sheet explaining the calculation and providing advice on how to reduce its environmental impact.
According to Cyril Jarnot, on average, Europeans have a standard of living which requires about 2 million litres of water per year, and the most water-intensive sectors are not always those that one might think … so it is useful to know their footprint.
30% of the price of the application is donated to NGOs working around the world on access to safe drinking water.
- Download Water Aflamed or view screenshots
- Read the Waterblog article "Measuring our impact on water to ensure sustainable use"